What is QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll and its Uses?


QuickBooks payroll is a very useful software as it helps small and medium-sized businesses to complete automatic payroll runs in time without much hassle, it also helps the business owner in payroll tax calculation and filing of the returns. In a nutshell, it simplifies the payroll procedure in QuickBooks. And above all, it integrates seamlessly with the QuickBooks desktop application. Now let’s start with QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll.

What is QuickBooks enhanced Payroll?

QuickBooks desktop offers different types of payroll plans to its users and QuickBooks enhanced payroll plan is one of them.

QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll plan

It is a Do-it-yourself plan offered by QuickBooks, the plan will facilitate you to process your payroll and file your taxes directly through the QuickBooks platform. We will discuss its features in detail in the next section.

Basic Payroll Plan

As the name suggests, it is the basic plan offered by QuickBooks Payroll. You can complete the payroll runs and pay your employees through checks as well as Direct deposits.

Assisted Payroll Plan

This plan will automatically run your payroll and file your tax returns. QuickBooks Assisted plan will set up payroll as well for you.

What are the uses of QuickBooks enhanced payroll plan?

Some of the uses of QuickBooks enhanced payroll plan are as follows:

  1. It will help you in electronically paying your employees every month.
  2. It will help in filing tax returns including W-2s at the time of the year-end.
  3. It will help you by printing W-2s and forms for the employees.
  4. It will help you in easy payments for the W-2 employees and 1099 contractors as well.
  5. It will get you free payroll support from experts.
  6. It has a free direct deposit facility as well.


Are there some system and general prerequisites to be able to use the QuickBooks Payroll enhanced plan?

You will need to have the following things to use the Payroll enhanced plan:

  • Internet access, so that the latest payroll taxes can be downloaded by the payroll system.
  • Employee identification number (EIN).
  • QuickBooks version of Pro or premier 2017 and later.

What if I want to switch to the QuickBooks enhanced payroll at the time of mid-year?

You can switch at any time of the year, but if you have already started paying the employees for this year, you will have to enter the YTD payroll history.

What components of payroll can I pay through the Enhanced plan?

The enhanced plan includes bonuses, overtime, commissions wage type for hourly as well as salaried employees.

Will I be able to pay Independent contractors through the Enhanced plan?

Yes, you will be able to pay independent contractors through direct deposit or e-filing 1099.

How can I pay my employees in this plan?

You just need to enter employee’s hours and paychecks will be calculated by the payroll after subtracting payroll taxes and deductions.

How to get my employees their pay stubs?

You can do so by using the print, or email feature, or QuickBooks Workforce as well.

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